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23-05-2017

The exchange rate of the Islamic State's currency, the Golden Dinar, relative to the US dollar.

23-05-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

23-05-2017

The Syrian government is reportedly offering to export electricity to Lebanon despite significant supply shortages in the country.

23-05-2017

The Islamic State is banning the use in its territory of any currency other than its own Dinar in an apparent bid to collect as much dollars as possible from the market before a potential withdrawal.

22-05-2017

The Syrian government has increased the price it is paying farmers for their wheat to ensure it can procure as much of the local crop as possible but the opposition is countering with an even higher offer.

16-05-2017

The Syrian government is increasing its control over the local wheat market in a bid to procure as much wheat as possible from the local crop.

16-05-2017

The Syrian opposition has opened a new crossing with Iraq near the border with Jordan, enabling the flow of goods between the two sides of the border, the first such position currently under the control of the Syrian opposition.

16-05-2017

A Russian company that was granted the right to explore Syria’s waters for oil and gas is reportedly returning to Syria after a two-year suspension of its activities.

09-05-2017

The general assembly of the Raqqa Chamber of Commerce and Industry held last week its first meeting in four years, a move that has a political dimension as much as a business one.

02-05-2017

On April 26, regime forces took back the large Shaer gas field and are now in control of most of Syria’s main gas reserves even though production is not expected to restart before months.

25-04-2017

The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Sputnik, a Russian news agency, in Damascus on April 21, 2017.

25-04-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

25-04-2017

Russian oil engineering companies are reportedly already active in Syria as the Syrian President said that new contracts would be granted to them.

25-04-2017

A scheduled bus trip has reportedly been launched between Qamishli and Damascus for the first time in four years, linking again the Iraqi border with the Mediterranean.

11-04-2017

Syria’s wheat harvest could rise to above 2 million tons this year, the Minister of Agriculture has said, potentially reducing import levels.

04-04-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

28-03-2017

(Updated on April 16, 2020: This article stipulated that businessman George Heswani had been removed from the EU sanctions list, which is incorrect. The story was based on a false reading of a decision by the European Court of Justice. For the record and background information om Mr Heswani we are keeping the story in its original version.)

21-03-2017

The opposition’s main investment fund is multiplying the announcements of its recent achievements, a reflection of its need to show its continued relevance, after the shrinking of the territory under the control of rebel forces.

21-03-2017

The Syrian Petroleum Company has extended the deadline for a tender to conduct seismic survey in an area north of Damascus as previous bidding rounds failed to attract companies.

14-03-2017

After a suspension of two months, water supplies are set to resume to the city of Aleppo.

14-03-2017

Repair and maintenance works in the Hayan field by the Ministry of Petroleum highlight how the government is trying to capitalize on its recent gains in the central area to increase oil supplies.

07-03-2017

The success last week of regime forces in linking areas under their control with those of the Kurdish PYD will likely improve supplies of energy and agricultural products in Damascus and other parts of the country, lower costs and provide a small boost to economic activity.

06-03-2017

Despite a decline in its exports to Syria last year, Turkey remained an important trading partner.

28-02-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

27-02-2017

An attack on Syria’s last standing gas processing plant temporarily shut down most electricity production across the country, highlighting the extreme weakness of the country’s energy infrastructure.

21-02-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

07-02-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

31-01-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

30-01-2017

Fly Damas, one of two Syrian private airlines, has signed an agreement to help boost bilateral trade with Iraq.

24-01-2017

An investigation into cement manufacturing group Lafarge's Syria activities was opened by French prosecutors in October, AFP said.

24-01-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

24-01-2017

The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Japan's TBS in Damascus on January 17, 2017.

17-01-2017

The signing today of several economic agreements in Tehran has confirmed the heavy price Syria is paying for the support of Iran to the Syrian regime, including the transfer of phosphate mines and a maritime port to Iranian companies in addition to the control by the Revolutionary Guards of a Syrian mobile phone license.

17-01-2017

Syria is planning to import up to four million tons of wheat, an industry official has said, indicating that the government is not expecting to recover control of its wheat growing areas in the near future.

17-01-2017

After the news of the destruction of the Jihar gas plant near Palmyra last week, another large state-owned economic asset is now reported to be requiring hundreds of millions of dollars to be repaired.

10-01-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

10-01-2017

ISIS blew up this week a large gas processing plant near Palmyra, sending a clear warning on what it could do to other economic assets under its control in Syria’s east.

10-01-2017

An important Iraqi business delegation was in Damascus this week to bolster bilateral ties which are hindered by the lack of a land border crossing and obstacles to banking transactions.

03-01-2017

Next year, Syria could witness the first annual increase in its gross domestic product since the beginning of the uprising six years ago, although no serious reconstruction effort will start.

03-01-2017

Syria’s imports of fuel oil doubled last year to compensate for the decline in the supply of natural gas to the country’s power plants.

03-01-2017

Cham Wings, a private airliner, Russian banking executives and Rami Makhlouf-owned companies are among 23 new entities and individuals blacklisted by the American administration.

03-01-2017

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

03-01-2017

The text of U.N. Security Council resolution 2336 (2016) adopted on December 31, 2016 supporting the efforts by Russia and Turkey to enforce a ceasefire and jump-start a political process.

29-12-2016

Annex I to the letter dated 29 December 2016 from the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and the Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council

20-12-2016

Local activists have highlighted the continuing oil trade taking place between the Islamic State and the Syrian regime through an increasingly powerful intermediary.

20-12-2016

Last week saw the addition of several individuals and entities based in Syria by the United Nations and the United States.

13-12-2016

A weekly selection of reports, papers and articles on Syria.

13-12-2016

A deal reached today to end all fighting and evacuate both armed rebels and civilians from eastern Aleppo marks the effective end of the battle of Aleppo and the victory of the Syrian regime and its allies.

13-12-2016

The value of the Syrian Pound relative to the dollar has increased in the past month as the regime gained ground in the battle over Aleppo and in other parts of Syria.